Roger Federer’s loss to Alexander Zverev in the Montreal Final surprised the Tennis fraternity, as Federer was playing some flawless tennis(with some minor hiccups against Ferrer) up until the second set of the final against Zverev.
Federer’s movements were restricted in the final. His service motion seemed off and his stroke play was hindered by what seemed like a back trouble. After the match, Zverev asked Federer at the net if his back was hurting him, which Federer denied, emphasising on the fact that Zverev won fair and square.
In his illustrious career, Federer has never won the Montreal Masters, something that he very slyly brought up in his post match speech, while congratulating Alexander Zverev.
“Hopefully one day you can tell me how it feels to win Montreal. I don’t know,” said Roger Federer, as the crowd enjoyed a good laugh.
Federer was playing in his first tournament after the Wimbledon triumph and accepted that his body wasn’t exactly ready for a gruelling tournament after a few weeks of vacation.
After vacation and practice, it’s always a bit of a shock for the body. I felt alright all week. Had a bit of muscle pain, aches and pains here and there, just because it’s back on the match courts, on the hard courts.” said Federer.
“Looking ahead to the US Open, obviously I want to be in the best possible shape. Winning my third of the year, my 20th Grand Slam, would be completely insane. I just hope I’m going to be 100% ready when the moment arises,” said Federer when asked about the US Open.
Hopefully Federer can shred off the injury(if there was any) and launch a momentous challenge for the US Open at the Flushing Meadows.